Every year, a staggering 48 million people in the USA alone will suffer from foodborne illnesses, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. This public health epidemic is exacerbated … Continue Reading Using synthetic, DNA-barcoded microbes to track food contamination.
The exciting field of biocomputing, involving processing and storing information in living cells, is currently being developed with a view to next-generation therapeutics and for capturing events within the body. … Continue Reading New DNA computer stores long-term cellular memory.
In biology, cells sense and process many environmental inputs. These inputs are then processed to produce outputs, such as development, differentiation, or immune responses modulated via the regulation of specific … Continue Reading CRISPR used to develop first biosynthetic dual-core cell computer.
Adding to their already thick armor, cancer cells are capable of ‘self-homing’ behavior where cells released into the circulation can return to the main tumor site. Therefore, much research has … Continue Reading Engineered cancer cells can track and destroy tumours.
DNA is the primary information storage medium in all living organisms and can be harnessed to act as synthetic cellular memory devices, one such DNA-based system harnessed for many different … Continue Reading The world’s smallest tape recorder is built from microbes.
All animals need to sleep for varying durations and in humans, sleep duration changes over their lifetime, gradually reducing from birth through to old age. The mammalian body appears to … Continue Reading Researchers identify neurogenetics responsible for sleep duration.
Malaria is one of the world’s leading health problems. More than 40 percent of the world’s population live in areas where there is a risk of contracting the disease. According … Continue Reading Researchers successfully genetically-engineer mosquitoes which can’t carry malaria.
For infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), something as simple as a common cold or ear infection can be fatal. Born with an incomplete immune system, kids who have SCID, … Continue Reading Researchers grow and correct an SCID immune system in-a-dish via precision medicine.
New precision medicine ‘edits’ sickle cell gene and allows researchers to regrow normal blood cells.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells from patients with sickle cell disease, and then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells, … Continue Reading New precision medicine ‘edits’ sickle cell gene and allows researchers to regrow normal blood cells.